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ISSLS actively encourages and supports young researchers and clinicians via its Fellowships and Awards Program. We are grateful for the generous corporate donations that allow young researchers to attend ISSLS Annual Meetings, where they present their papers and posters, meet like-minded clinicians and researchers and continue their valuable research into spine disease and disability. Their contributions to the ISSLS meetings prepare them for eventual membership of our close-knit family. The ISSLS Fellowship Program ensures that important research continues to be undertaken across clinical, bio-engineering and basic sciences. With continued support from pharmaceutical organisations, as well as the fledgling ISSLS fundraising campaign, we hope to continue to support young researchers in the years to come.

Please contact Fiona ([javascript protected email address]) to support these valuable programs or donate to the ISSLS Fundraising Campaign.

The ISSLS Prize for Lumbar Spine Research: sponsored by European Spine Journal

The ISSLS Prize program, sponsored by European Spine Journal, comprises three awards of US$20,000 each. Prize winning papers can be in basic science, in bioengineering science and in clinical science. The aim of the ISSLS Prize is to encourage lumbar spine research.

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ISSLS Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award

An annual, non-monetary award for exceptional achievement in the spinal field.

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ISSLS Research Grant Sponsored by Taisho Pharmaceutical

The ISSLS Research Grant is sponosored by Taisho Toyama Pharmaceutical for US$20,000. The purpose of the award is to promote research in the lumbar spine. The research proposal can be in basic science, biomechanics, or clinical field. At least one investigator must be an ISSLS member. Deadline is February 28, 2022

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ISSLS Clinical Travelling Fellowship 

The ISSLS Clinical Travelling Fellowship is open to junior faculty members (in practice for fewer than 10 years) from any country or part of the world. Applications will be judged based on merit and qualifications, with an emphasis placed on scholarly activities and clinical experience.

Please note: As there is currently no funding, the ISSLS Clinical Travelling Fellowship will not be awarded in 2022. If you would like to sponsor this award, please contact

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Young Investigator Travel Grant

Young researchers and clinicians are encouraged to apply for this grant, the purpose of which is to assist with registration, travel and accommodation costs associated with the annual meeting.  The abstract must be submitted and accepted with the applicant as the first/presenting author. To accept the award, the applicant must also attend the annual meeting.

Please note: ISSLS is not soliciting applications at this time for the Annual meeting in Boston. 

Read more about the criteria and apply here


With sincere appreciation, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine thanks the following companies for their sponsorship of the 48th ISSLS Annual Meeting in Boston, USA

ISSLS thanks the following exhibitors for their support at the 48th Annual Meeting in Boston, USA